Things not to do in Sicily…
Go on a diet. First things first, don’t even attempt to put your blinkers on when walking past a Sicilian bakery or patisserie as resistance is fundamentally futile. Across the northern coastline, from Palermo to Taormina, you’ll come across an array of food outlets with deep fried arancini, huge slices of Stromboli pizza and candy covered cassatas providing more than one reason to hide the bathroom scales and indulge in a cooking course or foodie tour.
Get impatient with public transport. Whether it’s the sun, the scenery or the cannoli, things are a little less rushed on Sicily and although everything ticks along very comfortably, public transport may leave you waiting just a tad longer than you might have come to expect. Buses, especially, are notoriously unreliable so hire a car if you want to see the sights at a time that suits you or aim for shorter distances if you’re planning on traveling across Sicily like a laid back local.
Forget your swimmers. Sicily boasts an abundance of pebbled and sandy beaches and if you’re looking for relaxation after a few days spent in the saddle or on a walking trail then don’t forget your swimmers as the water’s absolutely lovely. All coasts have some superb spots with San Vito Lo Capo and Cefalu (north), Catania and Giardini-Naxos (east), Eraclea Minoa, Capo Bianco and the Aegadian Islands (west), representing some of the best beaches in Sicily.